After long hours at work and tirelessly working hard to pay your bills, what better way to reward yourself other than with a dream vacation? Nowadays, there are lots of fun ways to unwind with your friends, officemates, family, or even alone.
Whether it be a staycation, an overseas trip, an out-of-town trip, or a simple solo hiking trip, the best way to make your dream vacation a reality is through preparing a well-strategized travel plan for it. In doing so, you can save lots of resources like time, money, energy, while at the same time creating some of the best memories of your life!
What is a Travel Plan?
Alternatively called a travel itinerary, a travel plan is when an individual or a group of people creates an organized schedule of events related to the execution of a travel agenda. A travel plan consists of general to specific items that need to be taken note of, in order to make the trip smooth and so additional expenses can be avoided.
A travel plan usually includes the Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) and Estimated TIme of Arrival (ETA) of the guests, list of destinations to be visited, an agenda indicating where the group is supposed to be in at a given time, accommodation details, projected expenses, and things to bring with respective allocations and delegations among the people included.
Although spontaneity can be fun, properly organizing a travel plan can help you and your companions avoid unnecessary complications during your trip. Take for example, pricier flights when your booking is nearer to your expected departure date, additional costs like toll gate fees, and even the little things like budget for souvenirs and food for the road.
Some people find joy in having spontaneous vacations, however, those who are a little bit more experienced know that planning ahead can allow you to save more, and maybe even visit more destinations in the process.
With a few tips on how to create a well-designed travel plan, you can definitely achieve a dream vacation at the lowest possible cost. Now, let’s see how!
Creating A Travel Plan for the Dream Vacation
When it comes to creating a travel plan, the best way to make it your dream vacation is by making sure that resources are maximized to its full potential. With this, you can make it a reality with 4 easy steps.
Tip 1: Plan Ahead
If you’re not an avid traveler, you might not know that there are certain travel peaks and travel costs that you can find certain life hacks to so you can save more money.
Regular travelers or vacationers would know that vacation spots can tend to have higher prices during certain peaks of the year – take for example Christmas season, summer break, and more. With this, it’s important to really plan ahead.
With planning ahead, you can surely save money because flight prices tend to have lower costs when you’re booking months, or even a year ahead. While these are more applicable to air-based transportation, this can also apply to accommodations.
Booking accommodations ahead of time can help you save money because rushed accommodations (most especially during peak season) can get really expensive. In addition to this, planning ahead can give you lots of extra time to choose from more alternatives.
Unlike if you’re booking a little bit late, you might run out of options because lots of people are also planning ahead.
Tip 2: Visit Underrated Places
One of the most annoying things about going on a vacation is being in crowded and overly populous places. Sometimes, it can interfere with special moments, planned milestones, and more.
With this, a good life hack is to try and visit underrated places. Sometimes, by doing this you get to discover new destinations that are just as good as the overrated or mainstream ones.
But how do you find underrated places, you say? If you’re planning to go somewhere mainstream, try to look for nearby places that aren’t as in-demand. In this way, you can easily access the same spots and create the same memories, but minus having too many people photobombing your favorite memories!
Tip 3: Invest In a Good Camera
Pics or it didn’t happen right? To remember all the good things about your dream vacation, it’s important to invest in a good camera!
Cameras help us take photos and videos from our dream vacations, and of course, who wouldn’t want to go back to the good ol’ days in the future? Cameras can be quite expensive so it’s important to really take time to invest in a good model so that it lasts long and it can withstand more complicated environments.
Lots of regular travelers invest in a water-proof camera because it allows them to take photos underwater, or in rapid environments like waterfalls or during a trekking activity. On the other hand, some travelers like investing in a film camera because it gives their memories a more vintage touch once processed or developed.
A good tip when purchasing a camera also is trying to see what are the different features that go with it. Can it take videos? Does it have a microphone? This can help with your options in creating memories with your loved ones.
Tip 4: Exhaust All Options for Quality Accommodations
Every person can define ‘quality’ differently. For some, quality can mean being able to immerse in the culture of the destination of their choice, while for others, quality can mean the number of services being offered in a 5-star hotel. While both are valid, this all depends on what you and your travel companions find pleasure in. With this, it’s important to exhaust your options in finding quality accommodations.
Travelers who aren’t as experienced usually go with the first option they find as an accommodation when traveling for the first time. It’s important to be familiarized with the different applications, websites, and even promo codes that you can use in order to find good quality deals when it comes to accommodations.
Why Make a Travel Plan?
Circling back, travel plans can allow you to have cost-efficient dream vacations. Who said that dream vacations have to be expensive right?
By planning ahead, knowing the true destination gems of the world, and proper planning, you can give yourself, or your loved ones a vacation to remember.
With the right tips and maximized resources, lifetime memories can be realized.